Sphero EDU Device Compatibility

Micah Daby Updated by Micah Daby

The Sphero Edu software is available on many of the most common devices through the use of our mobile apps (iOS, Android, Fire OS), our desktop apps (Windows, macOS, Chrome), and our website. However, some platforms don't support all robots or software features. Please review the tables below to better understand which robots and features are supported on your devices. Download links for all supported platforms are available here.

Robot Functionality:
The table below details the specific features in the Sphero Edu app that are available on each platform. It's worth noting that the Sphero Edu website does not support Bluetooth connection with your Sphero robots. As a result, any feature that requires Bluetooth to connect and use your robot is disabled on the website.

Feature Description Mobile Apps Desktop Apps Website Notes
  iOS   Android Fire OS Windows macOS Chrome OS
Programming Program robots with the Draw, Block, or JavaScript canvases
Bluetooth Connection Connect to robots over Bluetooth Windows app does not connect to Sphero 2.0 or SPRK
Driving Drive robots over Bluetooth
Firmware Updates Update the code that lives on a robot. Typically required 1-2x per year With:
Sphero 2.0
Sphero 2.0
The Windows, Chrome OS, and macOS apps have limited ability to update firmware
Sensor Data: Archive Review archive sensor data after a program runs
Sensor Data: Live View live sensor data while a program runs
Offline Mode View and edit programs without the internet
Camera Recording Record video or photos of a program it runs
Activities Aligned to Standards Step by step instructions for learning coding and hands-on projects
Activity Progress & Review Assign activities to a class and review student progress in real-time
Activity Authoring Create your own Activities in the authoring tool
Class Setup First time class and roster setup for native accounts, Clever, and Google Classroom

System Compatibility:
Each platform has specific hardware or software requirements. See the table below to ensure your devices will support the Sphero Edu app.

System Compatibility
Feature Description Mobile Apps Desktop Apps Website
  iOS   Android Fire OS Windows macOS Chrome OS
System Requirements The minimum operating system, browser, or required hardware for each platform. OS Requirements:
iOS 10+

Additional Requirements:
Bluetooth 4.0+
OS Requirements:
Android 5+

Additional Requirements:
Bluetooth 4.0+
Supported Devices:
Fire 7 (2019)
Fire HD 8 (2015+)
Fire HD 10 (2015+)

Additional Requirements:
Bluetooth 4.0+
OS Requirements:
Windows 10 (1709+)

Additional Requirements:
4GB memory
Bluetooth 4.0+
OS Requirements:
macOS 10.12+

Additional Requirements:
Bluetooth 4.0+
OS Requirements:
Chrome OS 50+

Additional Requirements:
Bluetooth 4.0+
Supported Browsers:
Internet Explorer

Note: Even though some Android, Windows, and Chromebook devices may meet the hardware or software requirements, they may not be fully compatible due to variation in the quality of Bluetooth hardware. Contact us at support@sphero.com about compatibility if you are purchasing Android devices for school use or are planning to use our robots with your fleet of Android devices.

Windows Bluetooth Warning: Not all Windows devices have Bluetooth hardware and we cannot guarantee support with external Bluetooth dongles. We recommend using Sphero Edu on Windows devices that have dedicated Bluetooth hardware. Please confirm your Windows device supports Bluetooth LE 4.0 before using Sphero Edu.

Amazon Fire Tablet Warning: Location permissions are required to scan for Sphero robots. FreeTime and children accounts on Kindle devices have location permissions disabled. As a result, Bluetooth connectivity does not work while using Sphero Edu in FreeTime with a child account.

Robot Compatibility:
Not all Sphero robots are supported in the Sphero Edu app. See the table below to determine if your robot works with the version of the Sphero Edu app you have downloaded.

Robot Compatibilty
Sphero Robot Year Launched Mobile Apps Desktop Apps Website
  iOS   Android Fire OS Windows macOS Chrome OS
Sphero RVR 2019
Sphero BOLT 2018
Sphero SPRK+ 2016
Sphero Mini 2017
Ollie 2014
Sphero SPRK 2015
Sphero 2.0 2013
Sphero Original 2011
BB-8 2015
BB-9E 2017
R2-D2 2017
R2-Q5 2017
Force Band 2016
Spider-Man 2017
Ultimate Lightning

Supported Languages:
All Sphero Edu apps support the following languages:
Mexican Spanish
Norwegian Bokmål
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

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